5. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Verse 5 - Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
[A] What does it mean to trust the Lord with all your heart?
 It means to completely trust in him
 It means to believe in him without any doubt
 It means to believe his promises and trust what he says without any doubt or hesitation
[B] Why is it important that we trust in the Lord with all our heart
 He is the only one who has all the answers
 He knows the way to heaven
 He has the plan, and all we have to do is follow it.
[C] What does it mean to lean on our own understanding?
 Our understanding is earthly
 Our understanding is marred by things we hear others say
 Our understanding is just that, our understanding, it can hold no candle to God’s Understanding
Verse 6 - In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths
[A] In all thy ways acknowledge
 What does this suggest to you?
[a] In everything we do, we ought to do what God tells us we are to do
[b] In everything we are planning to do, we ought to go to God and seek his advice
[c] In everything we do, we ought to first ask “What would Jesus do?”
 How do we learn what God desired for us to do?
[a] Through reading his word
[b] Through bible study
[c] Through listening to the Holy Spirit
[B] He shall direct thy path
 How does God direct our path?
 Why should one be concerned about the path he or she walks?
7. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
8. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
Verse 7 - Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
[A] Be not wise in thine own eyes
 What does it mean to be wise in thine own eyes
[a] This would refer to thinking you have the answers
[b] This would be thinking you know right from wrong without regard to what God Thinks
 If one is wise in their own eyes; are they trusting in the Lord with all their heart, and leaning not to their own
[a] It would appear to me, this is exactly what they are failing to do
[b] To be wise in one’s own eyes, is to disregard God and place your trust in yourself
[B] Fear the Lord, and depart from evil
 We have talked in times past about what it means to fear the Lord.
[a] What did we determine?
 What is significant in this passage about fearing the Lord?
[a] If one is to trust in the Lord, one must fear the Lord as well
[b] Unless one fears the Lord, they cannot trust him
 What is the end result of fearing the Lord?
[a] When on fears the Lord, they will stay away from evil
[b] When one trust the Lord and they go to the Lord for direction in order to know where he desired them to
go, they will refrain from evil things
Verse 8 - It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones
[A] What does this verse imply
 When one trust the Lord, and fears him, it will strengthen you, and you will be able to withstand the troubles of
9. Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
10. So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
Verse 9 - Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase
[A] Honor the Lord with thy substance
 What is substance?
[a] Here it is referring to our material possessions, what we have
 How does one honor the lord with what they possess?
[a] By first acknowledging that everything we have is really his
[b] By using everything we have for the glory of God
[b] Be being careful not to allow ourselves to use anything we possess in an ungodly fashion
[B] Honor the Lord with the firstfruits of our increase
 What does this mean?
[a] Old testament Law required man to give to God a tenth of their best crops, and everything they had
[b] Sacrifices could not be made with a sick or crippled lamb, they had to be made with a perfect lamb
 We are to give to the Lord the firstfruit or our increase, our tenth from the salaries we make, as well, I believe,
as our time and all we possess.
Verse 10 - So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
[A] When we give our firstfruit to God, He has promised to fill our barns, to give us all we need and more, so that what
we gave him will not be missed.
11. My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:
[A] Teaching is essentially necessary to show a man the way in he is to go
 We have been talking for some time, about wisdom, and knowledge
 Unless a ma n is taught, he does not know the way he is to go
 What happens if a person is left to their own devices, without instruction, or rules to guide Him?
 If there were no speed limits on the interstate, how fast would people go?
 If there was no teaching telling man what sin is, what would he do?
[B] Discipline is necessary to render the teaching effectual
 We are taught certain things, for instance, the speed limit on the Interstate is 65 MPH
 If there were no troopers, what would people do?
 We are taught in the bible not to commit adultery, nor are we to steal, and so on, what would happen if there
was not discipline for the commission of these sins?
[C] Correction is the requisite that brings the mind into submission
 Without Correction. Knowledge cannot be attained
 If a trooper were to only nod at a person driving 95 MPG in a 65 MPG zone, what would Happen?
 If there is no punishment for sin, what are people going to do?
 If one knows someone is watching, and if they break the law they will suffer for it, how will that change their
12. For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
[A] The writer of Proverbs tells us that God corrects his people just as a father corrects his son whom he loves.
 How does God correct us?
 What does his correction make us do
13. Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
[A] Why would a man who finds wisdom be happy
 True wisdom is the knowledge of God
 Having the wisdom God gives us, makes us happy, because we know where we are headed, and know that we
are doing the proper things to get there
[B] Why is the man happy who gets understanding?
 For pretty much the same reason,
[a] He is happy because he understands what God has planned for him
[b] He is happy because he knows what he is to do, and does it.
 In both cases he is happy because he is doing nothing that he will be chastened for
14. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
[A] I ask you, what is better than the knowledge that you are saved and on your way to heaven?
[B] What is better than knowing if you lay your head on the pillow and never waken, you will be with Christ
15. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
[A] Here the writer tells us how precious that wisdom and understanding is
 It is more precious than rubies.
[a] Indeed, knowing that you are on you way to heaven, is more precious than anything we can have
[b] Knowing that you are saved, and nothing can take you away from the love of God, is more precious than
anything you can own
 There is nothing that can be compared to the knowledge of our salvation
[B] How precious is your salvation to you?
16. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour
17. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
[A] He goes on to explain how wonderful this knowledge
[B] Wisdom and the knowledge that you are ready to meet God is like
 Having riches and honor
 There will be peace in your soul
 It brings you true happiness
9. The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
20. By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
[A] Why would anyone want to try to find their wisdom from anyone other than God?
 He founded the earth with his wisdom - what other man or being could do such a thing
 By his understanding he established the heavens
[a] Who buy he could make the sky, and hang the stars and planets in place.
[b] Who but God could place the earth at just the right place in the universe that it will sustain life
[c] Who but God could make the stars and planets remain in the place he hung them
 By his knowledge the depths are broken up
[a] Who but God could make a planet whose core is molten rock, and it’s surface is cool
[b] Who but God could make the molten lava come to the surface and create new mountains.
[c] Who but God could make an ocean, with secrets in it that man knows nothing of
 the Clouds drop the dew
[a] Who but God could create a system, which takes the water out of the stream and oceans and rises up to
become clouds, than rains the water back upon us
[B] Why would anyone want to find their knowledge anywhere but through him.